Friday, August 7, 2009

got zucchini? {+ a giveaway}

If you have any friends, family or neighbors that have a garden, or if you yourself have a've probably got some zucchini on hand. {snicker, snicker} Here's a great zucchini muffin recipe that comes by way of our good friends. Rebecca made these when we were over for dinner and none of my kids would try them. (I think the green flecks scared them away) When we got home, I made a batch and had the kids try them. (I thought it wouldn't be very mannerly to strong arm them in someone else's home!) Anyways, they loved them - so much so that in church the other week, our Pastor had tons of garden produce lining the pulpit area for people to take home. There were about 300 ears of sweet corn, squash, cucumbers, peppers and zucchini. It looked great all spread out on the alter. My little guy kept elbowing me saying, "Mom get the you can make more muffins." Who knew? I've never seen a 7 year old boy so intent on me bringing home zucchini!
Becca's Zucchini Muffins
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl:
3 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar ( I used Demerara Cane sugar....but you can use white sugar as well)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP cinnamon
Stir in:
3 eggs
1 cup oil (I used 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
1 TBSP lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini ( I usually have leftover, so I freeze it in 2 cups amounts, for another time)
Place in muffin cups and bake at 350 for 20 minutes! Enjoy!

The muffin cups I use are a brand new find for me. They are 100% unbleached baking cups by If You Care. I love them. My muffins just slide right out of them. They are environmentally friendly too. Seriously. I feel about these muffin cups the way my boy does about the zucchini. I bought an extra pack to share. So, in honor of my one year blogiversary...I'm doing a little giveaway. Just leave a comment by Tuesday and I'll enter your name for an opportunity to win. Here's what's up for grabs! Some of my favorite things. [a handmade project tote in blues, yellows and greens, a dishcloth knit in my new favorite waffle knit pattern, a skein of baby yarn, a candle, a tissue holder, and some baking cups] I can't believe it's been a year since I started this blog. Thanks Kristyn for the encouragement to jump in! (August 5th, 2008 was my first blog post) I've met so many wonderful people and been inspired so often. It's been a great year and I want to thank you for joining me on my new adventure. If you'd have told me all the blessings that were to come just from starting a blog, I'd have laughed at you (politely of course) - but it's so true. This blogosphere is a wonderful place. Have a great weekend...I'll be back with a winner some time on Tuesday.


Stephanie said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! My husband hates zucchini, but I made zucchini bread once and he loved it. He was quite surprised when I told him the secret ingredient! Great Giveaway and here's to another year of happy blogging!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mom those muffins were really good. I ate like three of thme maybe more!


The WoodLand School said...

How exciting! Happy blogiversary! I'm so glad you joined the community ... I look forward to the inspiration I get from your posts. Thanks for sharing the recipes, projects, and ideas to ponder :-)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

How year! Congratulations on your blogiversary. I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing what you are working on :)

fromallstitchedup said...

Happy Blogiversary ! This blogging world is awfully great. I consider you one of the best friends I've made because I dove in and gave it a try. I've learned alot and hopefully shared alot. Here's to many more fun years ahead.

Christina said...

That looks similar to the zucchini bread recipe that I have. Yum, is it good! My almost-two-year-old was looking at this post with me and was so excited about the photos of "moofeens." Maybe I'll make some this afternoon. ; )

Your give away looks lovely! Being part of the blog world really is surprisingly encouraging. Happy bloggy birthday.

Our Family's Spot said...

Thanks for the recipe - they look yummy!!! Can't wait to try it. I love the muffin cups, too - I'll have to look for them. We used unbleached wax paper, too. =0)

Happy Blogiversary! =0)

Larissa said...

Happy Blogiversary Lisa! I couldn't be happier that you started blogging - and that I started blogging - and that we became blog friends! I so love coming here for inspiration. The muffins look super yummy and I know you're a girl after my own heart with the applesauce and wheat flour substitutes - I always do the same. All your giveaway fares look so good. Here's to many more years of blogosphere friendship!

Liz said...

Happy anniversary! My husband hates zucchini to this day since he had to grate it as a kid.

Renee G said...

Happy Blogiversary. Your favorite things are all lovely. I'm just waiting for a zucchini cake to come out of the over. I'm not sure what we'll have for dinner-- but dessert is ready.

momofmany said...

I always enjoy your postive spirit. I have the day at home with the littlies tomorrow I have extra zucchini so well will try som muffins. Thanks

Rachel Marini said...

Hi Lisa,
Your blog has really been a blessing to me over the past year. I have loved reading your words of wisdom, and insight, and creativity.

I also love all your recipes :)

Love ya,

Kristyn Knits said...

Happy Blogiversary!!
So happy and thankful that you joined me on this journey! I've been blessed by your blog so many times over this past year. so love spending time with you here!
can't wait to try the recipe and win the giveaway!
pick me! pick me! :)

Journeying Five said...

happy blogiversary. i have enjoyed having a peek into your life. inspiring and encouraging!

theresa said...

Can't wait to try the muffins!

TZel said...

Happy anniversary! We have made bread out of a number of different vegetables that abounded- certainly a delicious treat- enjoy those muffins! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Ok wow normally I'm one of the first to comment...but this give away thing really brought comments!!! lol =) Those muffins look delish. We make our own zucchini muffins and bread...and its REALLY good!!! For our muffins we put cinnamon chips on top!!! Their SO good!!! lol =) Ohh...and I'm very glad you started the I can have something to look forward to seeing new stuff from you all everyday!! Love you Miss Lisa!!! <3

jo ellen said...

Happy Anniversary to YOU! Muffins look great, have all the ingredients, including two zucchini's from my garden one 15 inches long the other 13 that are calling me from the kitchen. Think I'll try your muffin recipe along with making a zucchini casserole for dinner. Thanks for sharing ;-))

Georgi said...

Happy Blogoversary! Do you feel like you accomplished a goal? I did when I had my first year blgoversary. I think its great that your kids reallllly like the muffins! :-)

Ruth said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! Blogworld is wonderful. I have met such great people and enjoy seeing what everyone is working on. Such talented ladies.

What a great giveaway. I would love a chance to win.


Missouri Mommy said...

Oh, you know I'm getting in on the giveaway action! Thanks again for your blog Lisa. I so look forward to reading it everytime I get online. You always encourage and uplift me each time. Keep 'em coming girl! We need to chat soon. Give me a call!

a friend to knit with said...

oh! happy blogiversary!!!
i love the little corner you've carved out for yourself!

i am SO looking for those muffin cups! and i now want to make some muffins!

ikkinlala said...

Thank you for the muffin recipe... we've definitely got zucchini right now. Happy blogiversary, too!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

A blogiversary, huh? Well congrats to you!! Pa leazzz, entry me in your fabulous drawing. Very exciting!! :)

I just had to chuckle when I saw your blog title. Zucchinis are crawling all over my counter top. I took about 5 to church today and will take more to the Y this week. Those muffins look very good with the applesauce in them. Thanks for another z.recipe. I can use lots of new ideas!

Knit one, pearl three...okay, I'm ready for my dish cloth lesson! :) :) :)


Tracy said...

Happy Blogiversary! Looking forward to years more posts It has been so grat to meet you in the past month and visit you here each week. :o )What a lovely, generous giveaway... LOVE the zucchini muffins! I make some...and add chocolate chips--YUM! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Heather said...

These zucchini recipes look wonderful! I also love thin noodle pasta with cream, Cantalope, and zucchini. So yummy!

Sigrun said...

My hubby loves baby zucchini, so we rarely get to bake with it. Happy Blogiversary. I might buy some zucchini to try the muffin recipe. :0)

Heart and Hands said...

I just brought some zucchini home from book club. Sharing lives and sharing ideas and even unlikely friendships warm my heart. As does your blog. Your creativity and energy are inspiring. Enjoy this milestone. I'll keep my fingers crossed to be a winner! Can't wait to see what next year brings.

scj said...

Hi, just discovered your blog, popping over here from PinkPurl. What a beautiful place and so much to enjoy. Thank you for sharing. I shall be back. Happy Blogiversary.


Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Love the muffins they turned out great! Thanks for the Recipe.